There's only one episode left in The Path's first season and so far, no Meyerist is happy. Eddie and Sarah's relationship continued to deteriorate; the Mary, Sean, Betsy triangle reached a boiling point; Cal interfered in Hawk and Ashley's relationship; and life seemed to get much worse for Alison after reading Jason's journal. It'll be interesting to see what the finale has in store for us! But until then, the recap.
Cal went to Peru to see a still-unconscious Steve and made a makeshift confession. Cal stressed what he’d done (and didn't go into detail) and would do next were to keep the movement alive, something Steve had only trusted him to do, apparently. Cal even made references to trying to be a good "son." Father issues big time, for Cal. Upon his return, Sarah lashed out at him for keeping Eddie's doubts a secret. Cal tried to explain he'd only found out recently while he attempted to physically reconnect with her, but she was too angry and agitated to reciprocate. But ever-cunning Cal further manipulated his interests by telling Sarah that Steve completed the last three rungs of the Ladder and he wanted Sarah and Cal to shape the future of the movement together. How convenient.
Sarah met with Alison and while she didn't want to reveal what she knew about Eddie, Sarah offered Jason's journal she'd found in his file at the compound. Alison was surprised as she hadn't known about it and confessed that Eddie had doubts about the movement. She appealed to Sarah that it didn't matter because Eddie loved Sarah and he'd been on the walk and drank the horrible green juice for her, surely that had to mean something! But Sarah's expression was dark and stoic. She shoved the journal at Alison and left without a word. While we don't know what the contents of the journal were, it left Alison emotionally distraught. Enough to be tearing out the pages with tears streaming down her face then fill her coat pockets with rocks before walking out onto the lake while ice cracked under foot. Perhaps Sarah shouldn't have given her the journal?
When Eddie and Hawk returned from the walk, they were greeted warmly by their fellow Meyerists. Sarah approached her husband and whispered gently in his ear that she knew about Alison. At home, the couple argued about the movement. Eddie still believed in the work they did but claimed the rest was fairy tales. Sarah spat back that those beliefs were everything in her soul and claimed Eddie didn't know her. Later that night, Eddie (now demoted to the couch) saw his wife in the kitchen and after a tense exchange they ended up having sex on the kitchen floor. These two always seem to have sex when they're fighting, I just don't get it. But that sort of temporary reconciliation didn't last long. At the dinner table the next day Hawk revealed he was leaving to be with Ashley. Sarah turned ice cold and told her son if he left he would never see her or his sister again. When Hawk fumbled to explain Eddie said it would all be ok, Sarah deadpanned that he was wrong. So Sarah let him go, letting him face being homeless lest he stay with them and not believe. If we're to believe these Eddie and Sarah have been married for at least 15 years (as Hawk is currently 15 years old) I find it hard to believe that Eddie would be surprised by Sarah's response and even harder to understand his actions next.
Eddie appealed to Sarah's parents to help him. He told them (assumedly) everything, about his doubts and his concerns about Hawk. These people cut off their own daughter 20 years ago without looking back. I don't know how Eddie thought he'd find understanding there. While Hank wanted to help their son-in-law, Sarah's mother insisted he was too far-gone and basically called him a coward. Ice queens seem to run in the family. As he left their home, it seemed to dawn on Eddie just how alone he was.
Meanwhile, Cal was busy attempting to secure the future and expansion of the movement by meeting John Ridge at a high-end sex club. Despite Cal's serious beatdown at the hand of John's hired thug, they buried the hatchet for mutual benefit. Freddie had beaten his addiction and was doing better than ever, and Cal needed John's help. He wanted John to invest the movement’s money in tax shelters and offshore accounts, ensuring they could expand globally. John seemed intrigued and agreed to help, but I don't know that I would trust someone who had previously beaten me up - perhaps a desperate move by Cal or perhaps he has something up his sleeve if John double crosses him, with Cal you never know.
After calling Silas and leaving another message about needing counsel, Sarah's cold resolve crumbled when she showed up on Cal's doorstep. He started to kiss and put the moves on her, but she began to cry and asked for help with her son. Quick to give her anything she wanted Cal drove up to Ashley outside of school and asked her to come with him. At first I worried he might hurt her, but instead he offered her family a temporary home for 18 months while another member was out of the country. Of course, the catch was she had to tell Hawk it was over. At first Ashley was wise to his ruse but when Cal appealed to her having lost her father and pointed out all the family Hawk would lose to be with her, Ashley broke it off. When Hawk tearfully told Eddie what happened and explained the words she'd used that didn't make sense, Eddie realized Cal was responsible. He confronted his wife and Cal in front of the other high-ranking members of the movement. Sarah said breaking Hawk's heart was for the best, putting back up that ice shield while Eddie punched Cal.
Perhaps the most surprising thing to happen during this episode though, was Alison (who didn't fall through the ice as it appeared!) returned to the gates of the compound and was let back inside. What did the journal say?! Why on earth would she ever go back? In the outside world, Abe apologized to his boss for his previous behaviour and made one last attempt to be put back on the case. Instead he was forced to accept two-week leave while he awaited his daughter’s surgery or be suspended. When Eddie called to check up on him because "Sam" hadn't been heard from in a while, Abe lashed out at him and the movement and how they take advantage of people. Eddie told him to forget the light and the movement but urged him not to give up on his kid. I keep waiting for Eddie and Abe to start working together to bring down Meyerism, maybe that's something Season 2 will explore? It'd be nice to see some worthy adversaries against Cal. Abe's co-worker brought Jason Kemp's coroner report to the house because it didn't make sense that Jason had burned hands from falling off a mountain. Hopefully Abe will continue to investigate off the books.
Mary finally confessed to Sean that she was using again and asked for his help flushing her stash and going cold turkey. He wanted to seek medical help, but she refused. While she contended with withdrawal symptoms the next day, Sean couldn't help but notice Betsy's constant stinkeye towards them. Despite Mary's pleas not to say anything, Sean confronted her. When pressed, Betsy bluntly stated Mary had sex with her (but used a different, angrier word). She lashed out that Mary was a junkie and a liar prompting, Mary to punch and attack her. In Cal's office later, he confronted the group and counseled them. Betsy was feeling hurt, Sean was quiet and withdrawn and Mary was worried. Cal suggested counseling for Betsy and that if Mary could get help that maybe Sean and Mary could find support through marriage - what the what? Mary told Sean this was something she wanted, but he didn't respond. How could that altercation result in the suggestion of marriage? Is he just trying to get Mary out of his hair for good?
What will happen to Eddie now that his doubts have been revealed and he punched Cal? Will Ashley maintain her breakup with Hawk? Is there any chance left for Mary and Eddie now? Why did Alison return? Can Eddie help her? Will Abe and Eddie form an alliance of sorts? What do you think will happen in the season finale next week?